The most important motivator associated with the project is generally to enhance the overall performance along with efficiency associated with the skills development system.
The project would definitely at the same time link skills development to career paths and development and additionally “promote sustainable employment and in-work progression.”
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga made the announcement last week during a press briefing at Parliament in Cape Town.
The briefing comes after President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address last week, during which he emphasized job creation as one of several key government priorities this coming year.
Motshekga stated that the focus of the NSDS3 is generally to “make it possible for individuals who do not possess appropriate technical skills or sufficient reading, writing and numeracy skills to gain access to employment opportunities.
“Key to the goals and objectives of the NSDS3 is without a doubt enhanced placement of both students and graduates, in particular from the FET colleges and university of technology,” she mentioned.
Several of the popular features of the programme included a decrease in mandatory grant rates to 40 percent as well as the introduction of a 10 percent PIVOTAL (professional, vocational, technical and academic placement) allowance to make up for this reduction.
With the exception of a minimal amount of issues coming from the State of the National Address delivered by President Jacob Zuma, the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) has recently accepted government’s commitment to educational services.
“Despite the fact that the President decided not to dwell a great deal on the subject of education and learning as he did last year, we have been heartened mainly because of the undeniable fact that education remains to be one of the primary five priorities.
“All of us accepted this year’s basic education’s emphasis relating to the Triple T: Teachers, Textbooks and Time. Having said that, the quality and standard of education would be determined by your time and money the government is ready to provide in the inputs, process and projected outcomes of education and learning,” said SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke.
As part of his third State of the Nation Address last Thursday evening, Zuma announced government is going to this coming year concentrate on the three “Ts” – teachers, textbooks and time.
He explained government will continue to keep investing in teacher training, particularly in mathematics and science. “We are going to pay specific focus on the training of principals, specifically those in under performing schools,” Zuma said.
Maluleke said SADTU considers Triple T to be the additional strengthening of the Quality Learning and Teaching campaign, which the union has already been committed to.
In spite of this, he explained the union has the opinion the Triple T is deficient in one crucial component, the growth and development of management located at district level.
“Typically the district managers are the people in charge of the distribution of workbooks and student materials to educational facilities on time, when they are in no way trained and developed, the system suffers.”
SADTU at the same time expressed its dissatisfaction by the President’s silence regarding the re-opening of Teacher Training Colleges, following SADTU’s frequent demands when it comes to the opening of the colleges that can assist towards the reduction of teacher shortages.
“The ANC’s National General Council likewise resolved to have these types of training colleges reopened. Training courses at universities by way of the Funda Lushaka programme will certainly under no circumstances narrow the gap.
“Having said that, SADTU intends to open its own Teacher Development Institute in order to train and develop teachers that happen to be at an advanced stage,” Maluleke said.
Despite the fact that SADTU is anxious with regards to the process of the Annual National Assessments, the union at the same time welcomed the implementation of the assessments.
In order to progress, this coming year, government launched the annual national assessments when it comes to literacy and numeracy which have been internationally benchmarked for Grades 3, 6 and 9.
Zuma stated that government is going to broaden access, in particular to children of the poor. “This incorporates the conversion of financial loans directly into bursaries intended for qualifying final year students. Students in Further Education and Training Colleges, who are eligble for financial aid, are going to be exempt from paying fees,” said the President.
A task team is going to be established to help to increase SETA’s capacity in order to fulfill the desired goals and objectives of the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) III.
NSDS III, unveiled last week by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, is the major driving force associated with the strategy to enhance the overall performance as well as effectiveness of the skills development program.
The plan of action, that will actually come into effect on 1 April 2011, symbolizes a commitment and responsibility to promoting the linking of skills development to career paths, career development and offering sustainable job opportunities and in-work progression.
Nzimande said the strategy concentrated specifically on individuals who do not possess appropriate technical skills or a sufficient amount of reading, writing and numeracy abilities to make it possible for them gain access to employment.
“Language, literacy and numeracy skills are unquestionably essential to improved economic and social participation, productivity and social inclusion,” Nzimande said.
The NSDS III places emphasis on eight goals and objectives, which includes more effective utilization of workplace based skills development in addition to encouraging and supporting cooperatives, small enterprises and local community education and training initiatives.
Nzimande reiterated that SETAs were definitely not destined to be shut down, on the contrary, preferably strengthened as a measure to rise above the difficulties, challenges and weakness within the system, through the NSDS.
Education Training and Development Practices SETA CEO, Sesi Nxesi, welcomed the launch of the NSDS III.
“All of us genuinely feel there exists a change in the country. It [NSDS III] is a lot more organised and structured, in addition it helps bring about cooperation and i am optimistic that we definitely will achieve the goals, collectively,” said an optimistic Nxesi.
South Africa’s Department of Basic Education has received R1.7-billion from the European Union to help improve primary education in the country over the next three years.
This was announced on Tuesday ahead of the 3rd South Africa/European Union (SA/EU) Summit taking place in Brussels, Belgium, with President Jacob Zuma in attendance.
The funds are part of the ongoing financial cooperation between South Africa and the European Commission.
According to the Presidency, the handing over of the funds, and subsequent signing of the Primary Education Sector Policy Support Programme (ESP-SP) agreement, makes this the single largest ever development cooperation programme between the European Commission and the South African government.
The overall objective of the ESP-SP is to improve learner performance in literacy and numeracy at primary school level, in order to achieve better output to secondary and higher education and vocational training.
Early childhood development
According to the Presidency, the R1.7-billion will be used for expanding access to quality early childhood development opportunities in poor communities, as well as improving numeracy and literacy at primary school level.
It will also be used to attract appropriately qualified and competent teachers in all learning areas at all levels.
The agreement was signed by South African Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and EU Commissioner for Education and Culture Androulla Vassiliou.